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West Ham 1947

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for West Ham]

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The following table shows the number of admissions and confinements at Forest Gate Hospital for a 10-year period— 1938-1947:—

Total number of Admissions120311771011740175416591521184321591432
Number of Confinements10771051917647151015001429165919961362
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I submit the following details of some of the work done
at Forest Gate Hospital during- the year 1947, as supplied to
the Ministry of Health on Form M.C.W. 96A:—
(1) Total number of admissions (including
infants born in the Hospital) 2,786
(2) Number of women confined in the Hospital 1,362
(3) Number of live births 1,354
(4) Number of still births 43
(5) Number of deaths of babies under four weeks
born in the Hospital 40
(6)) Number of deaths of women confined in the
Hospital 2
(7) Average number of days' residence of women
confined in the Hospital 11.54
Ante-Natal cases—number of days 8.28
(8) Number of premature births (those weighing
5½ lbs. at birth or less) 120
(9) Number of Puerperal Pyrexia cases 17
(10) Number of cases of Ophthalmia Neonatorum Nil
There were 35 cases of twin birth.

Tables are appended hereunder, giving:—

1.PresentationNo of Cases
2.Abnormal Labour No. ofCases
Forceps Deliveries77
Caesarean Section25
Ante-Partum Haemorrhage23
Manual Removal of Placenta21
Post-Partum Haemorrhage21
Prolapse of Cord3
Placenta Praevia3
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MATERNAL DEATHS. There were two maternal deaths,
as follows:—
Case No. 1: Mrs. J. I. B., 27 years. Cause of death:
Heart failure; shock; ante-partum haemorrhage.

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